Area children take trip back in time

By Melanie Ruberti

June 6, 2014

There’s no better way to learn about the Bible then to see, hear and touch elements popular during that time period.

Some area children are doing just that this week at the Explorations in Antiquity Center annual Bible Land Adventure summer camp.

“We’re teaching them the culture for different areas,” explained Kayla Smith, a teacher for the Bible Land Adventure. “This week was the Israelites. We teach bible verses and how to be good disciples.”

The campers started on Wednesday learning the story of Abraham, and acting it out on a makeshift altar. They also created kaffias. Middle Eastern coverings worn on peoples heads to protect them from the sun, played games, plus made and helped cook unleavened bread, tea, and butter. On Thursday, the children dug for buried treasure with small shovels in make-shift sand pits.

“I like the digs,” said Charlie Kelley, a teacher for the Bible Land Adventure. “They get to be archaeologists and dig up artifacts. Each pit is from a different time period. Kids learn better when they see and get to touch parts of history.”

“I like digging so far,” said camper Ben Canon. “I’m singing Christian songs out loud while I dig.”

“We found a bunch of coal in here,” said camper, Skylar Allen.

Campers also dug up parts of oil lamps, a jar full of coins, building supplies, pottery, pieces of cloth, idols, and parts of a shrine. While many of the artifacts are replicas, Smith said some of the pottery the children found is real.

“It’s a great place to learn, ” said Kelley. “Where else are you going to have a setting in the south with buildings and caves from that era? A lot of people don’t know this place is here and that we actually have artifacts from Israel.”

Those are on display inside the museum. Explorations in Antiquity Center is one of only seven places in the world to have those artifacts.

The Bible Land Adventure starts fresh each week. The camp starts on Wednesday and runs through Friday. It will be available for children ages four to 15 through July, except the week of the Fourth of July and the last week of July. To make reservations or for more information, call Kayla Smith at 706-885-0363.